I'm almost done with my beach-inspired family room makeover, and I have another coastal craft to show you today. After I made the seashell wreath last week and hung it over the fireplace, I thought that a wooden sailboat would really look nice on the mantel. I love the ones from Pottery Barn and the driftwood sailboats you can find online, but neither of these was an option for me!
So, I did the next-best thing and made my own rustic sailboat from branches we found in the desert! I know the desert is the last place you would expect to find driftwood or anything nautical, but just think of this as a desert driftwood sailboat. OK, so just humor me!
I knew I wanted the boat to look rustic, and to keep things simple, I wanted to make a frame that I could attach the sail to. These three pieces of wood were exactly what I needed. The bottom piece kind of resembles driftwood, and the other three are creosote branches.
Of course, any type of wood will work, and if you want to make your own sailboat, you can use whatever type of branches you can find. First, glue the side branches to the middle branch. We had Tacky Glue on hand, and this works really well with wood. We even used this glue to make the twig Christmas tree, and it's still in one piece!
Once the frame is glued, you'll need to make a hole in the large piece of wood. Once the hole is drilled, you can use more glue to hold the middle piece of wood in place.
After the glue dries, the sailboat frame is complete and ready for the sail. Remember how I told you I had some drop cloth left over from my kitchen valance project? Well, I cut the drop cloth to fit the frame and made two sails. Then, I just used hot glue to attach the sails to the frame. And, voila --a sailboat!
After I was done, I thought that the sails needed some extra detail, so I drew two lines on the bottom of each sail with a Sharpie -- easy peasy. You can easily tell that this is supposed to be a sailboat, and that' all that matters to me. Well, I also like the fact that this was another essentially free project. You don't always need to spend money to get the look you want.
Oh, and if you do go hunting for your own branches, make sure to exercise caution when collecting wood -- especially in the desert. Lots of creepy crawlies love to make their homes in fallen branches and under rocks. I made sure these branches were clean before I used them!
I have one more decoration to make, and then I can show you how the mantel looks. We've got holidays, family events, and school events going on, so projects can take awhile to complete around here. The kids also generously shared their cold with me, so that's another reason my projects don't get completed over night!
Anyway, thanks so much for the visit -- have a great day!